[PATCH] mm: memcontrol: reset memory.low on css offline
From: Vladimir Davydov
Date: Mon Feb 29 2016 - 12:16:48 EST
When a cgroup directory is removed, the memory cgroup subsys state does
not disappear immediately. Instead, it's left hanging around until the
last reference to it is gone, which implies reclaiming all pages from
In the unified hierarchy, there's the memory.low knob, which can be used
to set a best-effort protection for a memory cgroup - the reclaimer
first scans those cgroups whose consumption is above memory.low, and
only if it fails to reclaim enough pages, it gets to the rest.
Currently this protection is not reset when the cgroup directory is
removed. As a result, if a dead memory cgroup has a lot of page cache
charged to it and a high value of memory.low, it will result in higher
pressure exerted on live cgroups, and userspace will have no ways to
detect such consumers and reconfigure memory.low properly.
To fix this, let's reset memory.low on css offline.
Signed-off-by: Vladimir Davydov <vdavydov@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
mm/memcontrol.c | 2 ++
1 file changed, 2 insertions(+)
diff --git a/mm/memcontrol.c b/mm/memcontrol.c
index ae8b81c55685..ab7bfe870c7d 100644
@@ -4214,6 +4214,8 @@ static void mem_cgroup_css_offline(struct cgroup_subsys_state *css)
+ memcg->low = 0;
static void mem_cgroup_css_released(struct cgroup_subsys_state *css)